How do I set up a wired printer to work with Breadcrumb? (Epson)
posted this on October 24, 2012 03:38 PM
Breadcrumb works with specific Epson and Star Micronics printers. You can find a list of compatible models here. Printers can be connected wired or wirelessly. Learn which is best for your establishment here.
If you are using wired printers, you will connect them through a Local Area Network (LAN) Ethernet. You must run CAT 5, CAT 5e or CAT 6 Ethernet cable from your router or switch to the chosen location of your printer. The wireless network that you set up for your iPads must be part of the same network as your wired printers in order for Breadcrumb to work.
This article provides instructions on how to set up your Epson wired printer. You must follow these instructions for each printer that is connected to Breadcrumb. Learn how to set up a Star Micronics wired printer here.
To Set Up a Wired Printer (Epson)
1. Verify the IP setup for your network.
On a Mac computer, go to System Preferences, and click on Network. The status should confirm that you are Connected and will list the IP address.
From the Home screen of your iPad, tap Settings, then tap Wi-Fi. Locate the network you are connected to and open it. The IP address will be listed.
2. Note the four digit IP address of your network. You'll need it for Step 10. 3. Turn Wi-Fi off on your computer.
On a Mac laptop, click the signal icon that is located on the top bar. Click Turn Wi-Fi Off.
4. Plug your printer into a power source. 5. Plug the Ethernet cable into the LAN port on the printer. 6. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable directly to your computer. 7. From an Internet browser on your computer, type 192.168.192.168 in the URL bar. The Epson configuration utility will appear.
NOTE: This IP address will only work if the Epson is set to factory default. If the printer has already been set to another IP address, this IP address will not work.
8. Under Network, select TCP/IP. 9. Set the Get IP Address to Manual. 10. Define the IP Address to an IP that matches the first three digits of your network IP.
NOTE: For example, if the IP address of the device you tested your network on is 192.168.1.43, then set the IP address for the Epson to 192.168.1.xx, where xx is a number such as 150. You will define a unique IP address for each printer in your network. It is important that you pick an IP address that is not in use by any other device on the network.
11. Set the Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0. 12. Set the Default Gateway to the IP address of your router.
NOTE: If your network is 192.168.1.xx, the default gateway will be 192.168.1.1. The xx of the default gateway is almost always 1.
13. Follow the on-screen instructions to Save the IP address. 14. After you save the IP address, turn the printer off. 15. Connect the printer to your router. 16. Repeat Steps 4-15 for all Epson printers in your network.
NOTE: The xx for the IP you set in Step 10 must be different for each printer. If you started at 150, then assign 151 and so on to subsequent printers. Note the IP address for each printer.
17. From your computer, login to Breadcrumb HQ. 18. Add the printer to Printers. Learn how to set up Printers in Breadcrumb HQ here. 19. Add the printer to a Printer Group. Learn how to set up Printer Groups in Breadcrumb HQ here. 20. From your iOS device, login to Breadcrumb. 21. Specify settings for your printer in Breadcrumb. Learn how to apply print settings in Breadcrumb here.
Learn how to set up an Epson wireless printer with Breadcrumb here and a Star Micronics wireless printer with Breadcrumb here.